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2006-08-26 12:15:03

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA pressed ahead on Saturday with plans for a Sunday launch of the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis, despite mounting concerns that stormy weather in Florida could cause delays. The mission, set for liftoff at 4:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, is critical if NASA is to finish the half-built International Space Station before the shuttle fleet is retired in 2010. It is the first mission with a primary...

2006-07-17 11:37:45

By Deborah Zabarenko and Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. Space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday at the end of a 13-day mission meant to show the fleet is fit to fly safely, three years after the fatal Columbia accident. Double sonic booms thundered over central Florida as the shuttle glided through partly cloudy skies heading toward a three-mile-long runway at the Kennedy Space Center. Commander Steve Lindsey gently steered the shuttle...

2006-07-17 08:43:28

By Deborah Zabarenko and Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. Space shuttle Discovery landed smoothly in Florida on Monday at the end of a 13-day mission meant to show the fleet is fit to fly safely, three years after the fatal Columbia accident. Double sonic booms thundered over central Florida as the shuttle glided through partly cloudy skies heading toward a three-mile-long runway at the Kennedy Space Center. Commander Steve Lindsey gently steered the shuttle...

2006-07-17 01:34:24

Corrects surname of flight communicator to Swanson from Frick in fourth paragraph By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on shuttle Discovery began final preparations to land in Florida on Monday as they neared the end of a mission that NASA hopes has proved it can fly space shuttles safely again. The crew awakened just after midnight to get ready for a scheduled 9:14 a.m. EDT (13:14 GMT) touchdown at Kennedy Space Center, from which they launched on July 4. "Looking forward...

2006-07-17 02:12:50

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on shuttle Discovery began final preparations to land in Florida on Monday as they neared the end of a mission that NASA hopes has proved it can fly space shuttles safely again. The crew awakened just after midnight to get ready for a scheduled 9:14 a.m. EDT (13:14 GMT) touchdown at Kennedy Space Center, from which they launched on July 4. "Looking forward to a good day here and hopefully with good weather we will be on the ground here...

2006-07-15 05:55:15

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery departed from the International Space Station on Saturday to end a nine-day visit that included three spacewalks and a repair critical to resuming construction of the half-finished space outpost. After astronauts closed the hatch linking the two spacecraft, Discovery gently undocked from the $100 billion station and moved slowly away in the first steps of the shuttle's planned return to Earth on Monday. "And we have physical...

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2006-07-14 10:35:00

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON - - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery on Friday prepared to leave the International Space Station, confident they had a safe ship for the return home and that another crew would soon return to resume station assembly. Discovery's mission, just the second since the 2003 Columbia disaster, has been a success so far. NASA needed to prove that the shuttle was safe to fly after spending $1.3 billion on repairs and safety upgrades following the accident that...

2006-07-10 08:26:07

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Monday to fix a transport system needed to complete the half-finished $100 billion orbital outpost. Piers Sellers and Michael Fossum were to fix a rail car that moves the station's construction crane, in the second spacewalk of a shuttle flight NASA hopes has put the U.S. space program back on track after the 2003 Columbia disaster. "It's a beautiful day somewhere out there," said...

2006-07-09 12:45:00

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on shuttle Discovery expressed confidence in their spacecraft on Sunday after NASA engineers said problems found since last week's launch appear minor enough to withstand the rigors of landing. In an e-mail message to the shuttle crew, they said most blemishes found in post-takeoff inspections did not pose a danger to Discovery and they expected a few lingering safety issues to be declared safe as well. "We've been told we have a very clean...

2006-07-09 08:09:39

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - A few nagging safety issues remain, but NASA engineers said on Sunday the problems found on shuttle Discovery since its Tuesday launch appear to be minor enough not to need repair. In an e-mail message to the shuttle crew, they said Discovery's heat shield looked ready to withstand the rigors of landing next week, although more inspections will be done later in the 13-day flight. A steady stream of good news about Discovery has given NASA growing...